Ask Your Doctor: A Pharmaceutical Musical | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ask Your Doctor: A Pharmaceutical Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 11 2016

It took eight people to write book, lyrics, and music for this Annoyance musical? Maybe too much input diluted the output. The premise is golden: pharmaceutical giant Mendacium pedals a designer pill with such restorative powers that people who take it need only two hours of sleep per night. Supermodel drug reps, tyrannized by glammed-out sibling managers Gabriel and Gabrielle, devolve into amoral profit machines until conscience-stricken ingenue saleswoman Morgan sabotages everything. But the ragged, underdeveloped opening number sets the low standard for the ensuing two acts, turning a potent setup into a diffuse narrative peppered with melodically tenuous songs. As an addict sales rep Lily, Eleni Sauvageu delivers the evening’s most grounded, emotionally interesting performance. It’s a shame her character barely matters. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 students

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